Schluter, QEP Among TISE’s ‘Best of Show’ Awardees


Dallas, TX – The International Surface Event (TISE) recognized 12 leading companies with the prestigious “Best of Show” awards held January 27-30 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Participating exhibitors competed for the top honor in eight categories: Booth Design (1,200 sq. ft. or less/1,201 sq. ft. or more), Booth Design (400 sq. ft. or less/401 sq. ft. or more), Innovation, Style & Design, Sustainability, Technology and Best New Product.

“The Best of Show awards recognizes companies that are at the forefront of introducing new products, tools and technologies and demonstrate cutting-edge designs that continue to enhance the industry,” said Dana Teague, Vice President, Hanley Wood Exhibitions. “The companies that received awards at TISE 2014 were very deserving of this industry recognition.”

The Best of SURFACES awards were presented in the following categories: Booth Design (1,200 sq. ft. or less/1,201 sq. ft. or more) Innovation, Style & Design, Sustainability and Technology. A panel of judges comprised of industry experts were tasked with reviewing more than 50 submissions and selecting one winner in each category.

Among the winners for Best of SURFACES 2014 was Schluter Systems in the Technology category for its DITRA-HEAT, the only electric floor warming system that directly incorporates uncoupling technology to ensure that floors aren’t susceptible to cracked tiles and grout. Cables can be placed wherever heat is desired for customized heating zones, and no leveling compounds are required, which makes for a quick and easy installation.

Further, attendees had the opportunity to vote for their favorite new product featured in the New Product Marketplace by texting their votes from the show floor. Among the companies receiving the most votes for Best New Product SURFACES and Best New Product was the 900XT Pro Tile Saw by Q.E.P. Co., Inc. The 900XT Pro Tile Saw features a 2.25 HP, 15 amp motor that cuts through ceramic tile, porcelain and stone. This saw has a large cutting capacity to perform rip cuts on 24” tiles, diagonal cuts on 18” tiles, as well as having the ability to cut large tile or pavers up to 3-3/4″-thick.

For more information on the products honored with the Best of SURFACES, Best of StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas or the New Product Marketplace, please visit or

TISE 2015 will be held January 20-23 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV in conjunction with Design & Construction Week.

Design & Construction Week 2015 will showcase the largest collection of building & design product ever assembled in one place at one time. Participants include TISE, International Builder Show (IBS), Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and Las Vegas Market.

For more information on The International Surface Event, visit or call 800.547.3477 or 972.536.6400.

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